Tag Archives: energy conservation

Use small, efficient devices to cook food.

You love to cook and you’ve got a big fat oven that you use to cook everything. Cool. But consider that toaster ovens, pressure cookers, crock pots, microwaves, and electric grills are efficient and won’t heat up your kitchen in the summer. Less heat, less energy to cool your home. On that note, bake lots of cookies and casseroles in your big fat oven in the winter! See this interesting website from the City of College Station about food cooking costs to help you decide what devices are best for you.

Source: epa.gov, thedigeratilife.com

Reduce greenhouse gases on the road

Reduce your carbon footprint! Leaving your car at home twice a week can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year. Save up errands and shopping trips so you need to drive fewer times. If you commute to work, ask if you can work from home at least some days, and you’ll reduce air pollution and traffic congestion – and save money

Source: epa.gov

Reward your family for saving energy

Make it relevant by linking your family’s energy-saving goal to a great incentive – a day trip that you would like to take together , or a family meal of everyone’s favourite dishes. If you miss your target, get everyone together to see where you can make adjustments, or to see where people are slipping up. Get motivated, and re-commit!

Source: the Enviropaedia

Switch off your geyser

Find the geyser switch, and get into the habit of turning it off each morning or evening, just before your bath or shower. This will stop cold water flowing into the geyser when you turn on the hot tap. Turn it on again an hour or so before you need hot water again.

There are some great geyser timers available, which automatically turn your geyser on and off, in accordance with bath and showering times in your household.

Source: the Enviropaedia

Walk with your kids to school

Many children live close enough to school to walk, but time constraints and safety concerns put parents off. Instead of driving your children the few blocks, create the time to walk with them. You could double this up with walking the dog, or getting some exercise. You and your child get to spend quality time together, you save money on fuel, and you save the environment by reducing emissions.

Source: enviropaedia.com